In the 1790s, an Oxford student introduced using guano (bird poop) as fertiliser. He spread guano across the university lawn, using it to spell G U A N O. The lawn was soon scrubbed, but when spring came, the word GUANO was clearly visible, growing higher and thicker than the rest of the grass npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The largest-ever bird's nest was built by a pair of bald eagles in Florida. It was 9.5ft wide, 20ft deep, and was estimated to weigh over 4,400 pounds. dukefarms.org/footer/blog…
The creator of the Rainforest Cafe chain first tested out the concept in his house. He decorated it with 45 birds, 9 fish tanks, and many plants. He even set up fake thunderstorms. His neighbors thought he was crazy. adweek.com/galleycat/what…
Plants make up 82% of the total biomass of Earth. Of all the mammals on Earth, 96% are livestock and humans, only 4% are wild mammals. Of all the birds on Earth, 70% are chicken and poultry, 30% are wild birds. The total biomass of the human race accounts for just 0.01% of all life on Earth. theguardian.com/environme…
Feral chickens began terrorizing an island in the UK in 2019. A few escaped chickens multiplied exponentially due to lack of predators, and 100-bird gangs began attacking joggers, destroying yards, blocking traffic, and waking residents at 4am with their deafening crowing. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The city of ReykjavΓ­k, Iceland, uses hot water to maintain the temperature of a section of its downtown pond so the birds living there always have a corner in which to swim, even in winter. icelandmag.is/article/sev…
All modern birds can be considered dinosaurs. An alligator is not. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The superb fairywren is a socially monogamous but sexually promiscuous bird. Couples stick together, but each member mates with other fairywrens. Coupled birds later help each other to raise the resulting "illegitimate" offspring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The biggest warning siren ever was made by Chrysler and powered by a V8 Hemi engine. It was 12' long, weighed 3 tons, was able to be heard in a 2000 square mile area, condensed fog into rain, and sometimes knocked birds out of the sky. amusingplanet.com/2019/08…
When you trace their evolution back 47 million years, most of the world's bird species come from what is modern-day Australia. pnas.org/content/116/16/7…
There is a bird called the Cream Coloured Woodpecker, also known as the Pikachu Bird. Males have the same colouration as Pikachu including the red cheeks. These birds are found in South America. ebird.org/species/crcwoo2
Before the arrival of Polynesians, New Zealand was occupied by large flightless birds called the Moa. The largest of these was the South Island Giant Moa which could reach up to nearly 12 feet tall, making them the tallest bird species in history. They only went extinct around 1445. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
The Canary Islands are actually named after dogs, not the yellow bird It was likely derived from the Latin name "Canariae Insulae", meaning "Islands of the Dogs". gran-canaria-info.com/en/…
A study found that an Andean Condor can soar 100 miles without flapping its wings, staying airborne for up to 5 hours by surfing currents of rising air called thermals. It's the world's heaviest soaring bird at 33 pounds with a 10 foot wingspan. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Squirrels are predators. In addition to small bugs, squirrels have been spotted eating birds, snakes, mice, and shrews. In one instance, a pack of Russian black squirrels killed and ate a stray dog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
Some indigenous people are known to have deciphered bird language and used it to locate predators that birds were warning other birds about popsci.com/learn-bird-lan…
Eugene Schieffelin hoped to introduce into North America every bird mentioned by Shakespeare. He imported starlings from England and released them in Manhattan in 1890 and 1891. Starlings soon started to drive native birds out of their habitats, ate massive amounts of crops, and spread disease. unintendedconsequenc.es/d…
The Mayan people constructed the temples in a way that a handclap at the base of the temple produces an echo that sounds like the call of the sacred Quetzal bird. For them the bird was a messenger of the gods. io9.gizmodo.com/heres-how…
Today I learned about ortolan, a small bird eaten in French cuisine. The bird is drowned in booze, cooked, and eaten whole. The consumer wears a napkin on their head, which is claimed by some sources to hide their shame from God. telegraph.co.uk/foodanddr…
Rick James and a pre-fame Neil Young once founded a 1960s Motown band called 'The Mynah Birds' faroutmagazine.co.uk/neil…
Scientists believe that the egg came first.The first chicken egg was laid by a bird who wasn't a chicken. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Moths named Gorgone macarea may drink the tears of birds to get an extra boost of protein nationalgeographic.com/an…
That the fastest bird in the world is a peregrine falcon with a top speed of over 200 mph!!!! britannica.com/animal/per…
By petting your bird on its back, tail or under the wings, you might induce such hormonal and behavioral responses that the bird sees you as a reproductive partner, and that can lead it to be sexually frustrated, resulting in harmful behavior towards you and the bird itself. birdsupplies.com/blogs/ne…
Turkeys were once worshipped like gods. In 300 B.C., the birds were viewed by the Maya as vessels of the gods and honored accordingly. The birds were originally domesticated to play a part in religious rites. history.com/news/turkey-w…
The Gaet'ale Pond is the saltiest water body on Earth, at a salinity of 43%. Don't go swimming there because its temperature is roughly 50–55 Β°C (122–131 Β°F). Bird and insect corpses have been found around the lake, likely because of the odorless gas it emits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
The common chicken does not exist on the wild, they are the result of the domestication of another species of bird called the "Red Junglefowl" that lives in South Asia. They look like chickens except they live on trees and can actually fly ebird.org/species/redjun
Lebanon was known as the land of Phoenicians and their national bird is the mythical Phoenix. vdio.com/phoenix-national…
Swifts (highly aeriel birds), spend most of their lives flying in the air, and can fly for almost an entire year, without ever landing. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Today I learned of Felis nigripes: the African Black-footed Cat, aka "the deadliest cat on earth", weighing in at under 5 lbs. It kills 10 - 14 rodents or birds per night to satisfy its accelerated metabolism. The Black-footed Cat has a kill rate of 60%, whereas a lion's kill rate is about 25%. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Kauai' o'o's song was recorded before it went extinct in 1987. It captures the voice of the last known bird, a male, singing a duet and pausing for the female to respond. These birds mated for life. youtu.be/5THqAY3u5oY
The reason that male ostriches roar like a lion is primarily because of territory. They live in groups of about ten birds, with one dominant male. The male uses its large and deep grunting sound as a warning call. It is this grunt that is confused with the lions roar,. animalfactguide.com/anima…
Black kites (birds) in Australia will transport burning sticks to another area of bush to spread the fire. It’s thought this improves their hunting chances. link.springer.com/referen…
An albatross can fly for 10,000 miles without landing, and is the only extant bird that can reach those numbers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Punk Rocker Gregg Graffin (Bad Religion) is also a celebrated evolutionary biologist with an extinct bird named after him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The reason that there are starlings in America is that a man brought over 100 of them to New York as part of his plan to bring all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare's plays to America. unrememberedhistory.com/t…
The Coconut Crab is a giant, 1 meter wide hermit crab capable of climbing trees and eating birds youtube.com/watch?v=F8PyL…
Boeing made a top secret spy plane named the "Bird of Prey" after the Klingon starship in "Star Trek" nationalmuseum.af.mil/Vis…
The Goodyear blimp is the official bird of the town of Redondo Beach, California, where its home airport is located tbrnews.com/news/redondo_…
Today I learned of Tecun Uman, one of the last rulers of the K'iche' Maya people. Legend says his animal spirit guide, a quetzal bird, accompanied him as he faced Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado in a final battle. The quetzal is said to have landed on Tecun's bloodied chest after he was killed by Pedro. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tec…
Bird's Custard isn't actually custard but an imitation custard-like sauce. Where real custard is a thixotropic gel, Birds custard is just a dilatant oobleck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
Today I learned about the hooded pitohui, one of the only known birds to be toxic. We all know about poison dart frogs - this bird’s feathers contain one of the most potent neurotoxins known to science – here’s their story. australiangeographic.com.…
There is a relationship between the flying habit of birds and the shape of their eggs. Better flyers have more elliptical eggs, while worse flyers and flightless birds have more spherical eggs. The elliptical shape prevents rolling, thus stopping the eggs falling out the nest vis.sciencemag.org/eggs/#…
Humpback Whales, which are filter feeding animals, will occasionally(and accidentally) swallow small sea birds that get way too close during a feeding frenzy. The whales' bodies can't properly digest the birds, which end up pooped out whole in what some researchers call ''bird bricks''. marineornithology.org/PDF…
Hitchcock's famous horror movie The Birds was originally set in Cornwall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is no species of bird called seagull. β€œSeagull is an informal way of referring to any of the species that belong to the family Laridae, the gulls. There is not actually a single species called the seagull.” ww2.rspb.org.uk/birds-and…
People who buy premium bird seed are more likely to honor their debts than people who buy chrome accessories for their car marketplace.org/2009/05/1…
Today I learned of Cookie, a cockatoo at Brookfield Zoo that lived to be 83 and was believed to be the oldest member of his species and one of the longest living birds on record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
Hoatzins are the only birds born with claws on their wings, a trait exhibited in dinosaurs like archaeopteryxes. insidescience.org/news/ba…
Cassowary is the world's Most dangerous bird, The reason is that this exotic bird can seriously injure or kill a human or dog in an instant with its deadly claws. animals.howstuffworks.com…

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